Taking a cue from the BCCI, the Pakistan Cricket Board is also planning to revamp its cricket committee by including former greats in it.
A reliable source in the PCB told PTI on Sunday that a meeting of the Board of Governors was scheduled in Lahore on June 13 in which approval would be sought for including former players on the cricket committee.
“The cricket committee is a very important part of the board but until now it has been headed by a non-cricketer, Shakil Sheikh who is President of Islamabad Cricket Association and a member of the governing board,” the source said.
He said Chairman Shaharyar Khan had now proposed the cricket committee be headed by a reputable former captain and include more former players who are not presently employed by the board.
“So far the cricket committee has been confined to only players who are employed or linked to the board like Intikhab Alam, Zakir Khan, Haroon Rasheed or Iqbal Qasim,” he noted.
Shaharyar has also publicly voiced his concern with the existing domestic cricket structure and the source said the new cricket committee would be given the task of recommending a new set up in a month’s time.
“Shaharyar wants more stress on quality rather than quantity and the suggestion is to reduce the number of departmental and regional teams in the premier first class tournament,” the source added.
He said last year around 24 departments and regions had appeared in the gold and silver league first class Quaid-e- Azam trophy but now the proposal was to reduce the teams to just eight departments and eight regions.
“There is also a proposal to have a system of demoting around four teams from the first class tournament every season on basis of performances.”
The Indian Cricket Board recently appointed an advisory committee that includes Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid was appointed as coach of the Indian under-19 and A teams.
“The PCB is also looking at a proposal to hand over the junior and A teams to former players who are not in the board.”
The PCB in the past has faced criticism for frequently changing its domestic structure and not being able to schedule the domestic season properly and on time.
Players have also grumbled publicly about not knowing the exact schedule of domestic tournaments which affects their chances of signing contracts for foreign leagues.